During Saturday’s 52-14 rout of Illinois, J.T. Barrett passed Braxton Miller to become Ohio State’s all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with 3,070 career rushing yards. Barrett, who holds 35 Ohio State or Big Ten records, reflected on his time in Columbus after the game, “There’s just a lot of appreciation for Buckeye Nation. I try to go out and just do my job. My main focus is to do my job, execute and play hard. All of my teammates came out and played hard. That’s the main thing that was discussed during the week. We say we love each other, but we have to go out there and show it on the field. I think the young guys and the seniors were able to do that for us today.”
Headlines: USA Today – Ohio State, still trying to impress Playoff committee, blows out Illinois; Columbus Dispatch – Ohio State 52, Illinois 14 | Bring on the Wolverines … and the Badgers; Plain Dealer – Ohio State football clinches spot in Big Ten Championship with 52-14 win over Illinois; Land-Grant Holy Land – Ohio State’s defense made its offense unstoppable against Illinois; Eleven Warriors – Ohio State Bashes Illinois, 52-14, Clinches Big Ten East Title
Around the B1G: That School Up North 10, Wisconsin 24; Nebraska 44, Penn State 56; Maryland 7, Michigan State 17; Minnesota 0, Northwestern 39; Rutgers 0, Indiana 41; Purdue 24, Iowa 15
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